Hyderabad: Vedakumar Manikonda, president of the Deccan Heritage Academy, has expressed shock at the massive fire that broke out at the Secunderabad Club on Saturday night.
In a statement he released today, he said the heritage building housing the historic Secunderabad Club was created in British times, carefully and aesthetically maintained. It was awarded heritage status by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority in 2017.
The club was established in 1878. It has unique qualities such as antique collections and facilities. At one time it was the tallest flag pole in the city.
The Salar Jung I, Mir Turab Ali Khan, who served as Prime Minister of the Nizam, used to stay during his hunting trips. Some of the trees that grow on campus are over 100 years old. They always proudly host a variety of chirping birds, making the club an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the bustling city. The Secunderabad Club is one of the few clubs in the world to have its own sailing annex at Hussain Sagar.
“As a civil engineer and heritage curator and urban planner, I ask the Club’s Management Committee to restore it to its past glory. I also call on the state government to take the necessary steps to restore and conserve this magnificent specimen of heritage,” he said in the statement he shared with the media.